Sunday, 23 December 2012

24 Hour Seven Day Working NHS

So doctors should work 24/7 for their public, should they?

This public who think nothing of the head of the LTA getting £640,000 for making the sport smaller.

We have an over-entitled, over-fed, under-educated populace. People are not interested in taking care of themselves or others. Care has become expected rather than treasured.

Nowhere else in the world is the care as efficient or well managed. Sadly the politicians and ruling generation are all terrified of the "C" word (no not Jeremy Hunt), cancer.

Cancer can be awful, but often it's significance is over-played compared to cardiovascular disease, dementia, etc. Treatment is horrible, expensive and often of limited value. And yet we still cling to the idea of quantity rather than quality - who wants 5 extra months if you feel awful and want to die but won't… especially if it costs £1000-£10000s per day.

But the baby-boomer generation want to live to 90 in luxury, whilst our generation starve and scrape to pay for them. NIMBYs at home, and NIMLs at work and play (Not In My Lifetime).

Just think of the legacy they leave:

  • Environmental decay Poverty Global recession Youth un-employment

Just a thought...

NIMBYs and the Green Revolution

Why are we not forging ahead with micro-generation and renewable energy in all new homes?

Is it the NIMBY element?

Is it the corrupt politicians?

In my opinion ALL new buildings - houses/offices/anything should be built with renewable energy sources. All homes should have solar panels for heat and energy.

If every new building in the public sector had this technology, not only would it be cheaper but the amount of waste that has not changed in 11 years.

This is not just an environmental problem but also an economic problem.

Can you imagine how much more money would be around if the wastage of millions of PCs was sorted?

Just imagine!

Skyfall

I saw Skyfall yesterday, for the second time! It remains as good on second viewing, with a great script and a fantastic enemy. One would be well placed to see time and again. The Bond reboot gathers pace.

Deftones - Koi No Yokan

It's fab. Classic, heavy, lingering and ethereal. Shouldn't be possible, but they've managed to make an album that both salutes their past and their fallen comrades but also pushes on further and expands on the template. Not formulaically thrashing through the gears, this is an album designed for repeat listening. It sucks you in, and makes you think of dark autumn nights. It will destroy the venues during gigs.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

How to destroy angels... or hospitals

Some people are good at making things work.

Some people are good at making people work.

Very few are good at both.

Don't treat medicine like a business.

It isn't and never will be.

Friday, 31 August 2012

At The Drive-In - Brixton 28th August 2012

Oh my god. At The Mother-F*ckin' Drive-In

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What an amazing return. Having missed them when they broke up some 12 years ago, I was damn sure I was seeing them this time. At The Drive-In were and are once again one of my all time favourite bands, from the crazy vocals, to the esoteric musical clashes and changes of tempo and movement.

They were geniuses in indie kids clothing and they remain so. Except they're now 12 years older and wiser. Cedric and Omar have returned from their Prog Mars Volta excellence and Jim Ward and Tony Hajjar from the Sparta.

Here they finished their Relationship of Command tour. The last of the tour after playing Reading & Leeds and the best by far (or so the merchandise guy told me).

Absolutely blistering performance.

Played in by MMOTHS - a DJ set of chillax really, it set a mellow scene for what was about to blow my mind. From the frank craziness of having a constantly boiling kettle, through to unbelievable sets of crashing guitars, pummelling drums and heaving mosh pits.

All the favourites were played, leading to a crescendo with breakthrough One Armed Scissor acting as the encore completion. Perfect.

Only thing I didn't see was Omar's breakdancing. But then he's old and frankly the joints have probably seized. Only down side…

That and the music balance was crap to start but the tech's managed to sort it out by the end.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Maryiln Manson - Born Villain

A cracking return to form from the most mainstream alt metal man around.

Nice and dirty and crunchy.

How does this compare to current rock fare?

It's the difference between the first Saw film and Scream - gritty and dirty. Seems fresh and definitely a return to form.

Marina & The Diamonds - Electra Heart

This is a cracking new album from the Welsh songstress.

I like it immensely. Probably not as groundbreaking as the first one, but the amazing voice is still there and this has a brilliant injection of dance floor zest.

Buy it.

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Sunday, 29 April 2012